ASTRA National Museum Complex

Some traditional houses in the ASTRA complex outside Sibiu

Some traditional houses in the ASTRA complex outside Sibiu

The ASTRA Complex is an open air museum just a few kilometers outside of Sibiu. It contains over 300 houses that reflect traditional Romanian life from different regions of the country. Most of the buildings reflect occupational realities of people like potters and weavers. There are also some impressive wells and windmills. The whole site is set in a gorgeous section of the Dumbrava forest.

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The Churches of Cisnădioara

A view of the Evangelical church and the fortified church in Cisnadioara

A view of the Evangelical church and the fortified church in Cisnadioara

Cisnădioara is a small town about 10 km south of Sibiu and it’s where I camped for a few days. It’s a lovely town full of friendly people and a handful of impressive churches. The most famous church is the fortified St. Michael church up on a hill – one of more than 150 such churches throughout Transylvania. It’s an easy hike up to the church and visitors are treated to great views. Inside the church is a monument to soldiers killed during World War I.

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